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Just a Little Bit Blue

Just a Little Bit Blue

Who: The Bluehouse
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Saturday November 20, 1999

DESCRIBED as 'INDIGO GIRLS meets k.d. LANG has lunch with ANI DI FRANCO' Melbourne trio THE BLUEHOUSE has developed a cult following since it formed in 1995.

The acoustic pop trio, performing in Newcastle for the first time this Saturday night at the Cambridge Hotel, has released two EPs THE BLUEHOUSE and A LITTLE BIT LIVE. Bluehouse were the talk of the EDINBURGH FESTIVAL in 1996 when the trio made the cover of the festival's guide by stripping naked and being photographed wearing nothing but blue paint.

That attention has seen them garner supports for NEIL FINN, UB40, COWBOY JUNKIES, ELVIS COSTELLO and THE STRANGLERS. In July the group released its debut CD BIG after managing to finance the project on the strength of pre-orders from its loyal fan base's mailing list.

Bass player and vocalist JACQUI WALTER told the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD that the group had experienced 'some resistance to our music once people know about our sexuality'.

Walter, vocalist guitarist BERNADETTE CARROLL and acoustic guitarist/backing vocalist SAMANTHA HURLEY are all gay.

'But we get very little resistance at live shows,' she said.

'It's borderline cabaret-vaudeville combined with some serious music in between.

'It depends on the mood of the night where we go with it, but there's been lots of, um, incidents, some wrestling not being the least of them!

'But if you see a band that entertains, you tend to leave with a bit of a smile on your face.' TE

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